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    Flowers delight at Resthaven Paradise

    The Resthaven Paradise Spring Flower Show is back for another year, with the site community creating beautiful floral arrangements with their springtime favourites from the site gardens. The annual event at the home was introduced by Coordinating Chaplain, Rev Cate Baker, a decade ago, and has been going strong ever since! Acting Lifestyle Coordinator, Malina … Continued

    ‘When I’m One Hundred and Four’

    In October, three generations of my family had the pleasure of seeing Sir Paul McCartney rock the Adelaide Entertainment Centre. It is hard to think of an act, other than The Wiggles, that have so successfully crossed two generation gaps. At 81 years old, McCartney is the epitome of healthy ageing. It was unthinkable twenty … Continued

    Social group in Naracoorte, Millicent, and Mount Gambier


    Fan-tastic artists

    Recently, Resthaven Limestone Coast Community Services’ social group met for their monthly afternoon get together at 15B James Street, Mount Gambier. This month, clients were treated to a history lesson in the art of fan dancing. ‘Inspired by the Han Dynasty’s history in traditional fan dancing, clients were eager to watch a step-by-step tutorial on … Continued

    Community Services office move to Sefton Park attracts attention

    Almost 20 years after Resthaven Paradise & Eastern Community Services first opened its doors at 111 Hampstead Road, Manningham, the office will soon relocate to 255 Main North Road, Sefton Park. The former bank building is currently undergoing refurbishment and fit out to house the new community outreach office. Manager, Eli Ulbrich, says, ‘I was … Continued

    It’s the ‘quality of life’ for Resthaven podiatrist, Chris

    Resthaven Paradise & Eastern Community Services podiatrist, Chris Frangos, chose to work with Resthaven 20 years ago, and he hasn’t looked back since. Chris explains, ‘I graduated with a Bachelor of Podiatry from the University of South Australia in 2002, and found employment at Port Pirie Hospital.’ ‘A year in, I was looking to relocate … Continued

    Resthaven’s ‘Staying at Home in Regional South Australia’ program retreat in Stirling

    On 17–19 October, Resthaven hosted its second ‘Staying at Home in Regional South Australia’ program retreat in Stirling, in a beautiful residence set against the backdrop of the Adelaide Hills. The government-funded program focuses on enabling people living with dementia and their carer to experience quality respite care, wellbeing and engagement opportunities with targeted support. … Continued

    Ian’s chaplaincy support ‘a blessing’

    Resthaven Murray Bridge volunteer, Ian Kluge, has lived a life supporting his community, both as a police officer, and as a volunteer. Ian discovered his love of volunteering after taking a leap of faith; ‘I had a long career in the police force, and I wanted to try a different path, one that I found … Continued

    Mr Jeffree’s model-building endeavour

    Over the course of this year, Resthaven Craigmore resident, Mr Ronald (Ron) Jeffree, has worked hard crafting a model of the HMS Endeavour. Mr Jeffree explains, ‘After I retired, I struck up the hobby of building model boats. It was always a rewarding activity, and it certainly kept me busy!’ ‘When my wife and I … Continued

    Emergency and disaster notification

    In high risk weather, some methods of notification may not work as well as intended. Our safety team would like to share some of the methods we use to stay up to date on emergency and disaster information. CFS Website (also accessible from your mobile phone) Warnings and Incidents This page contains information about places … Continued

    Photography competition winner: Mr Lawrence Vassallo


    An 'early morning opportunity’ in retirement

    Congratulations to Resthaven Walkerville Retirement Living resident, Mr Lawrence Vassallo, who was recently awarded the 2023 Seniors Card ‘Through the Lens’ Judge’s Choice Award, for his piece, Early Morning Opportunity. Mr Vassallo explains, ‘My wife, Kathryn and I, grew a keen interest in macro photography back when we retired in 2018.’ ‘We were living in … Continued

    Taylah’s ‘making a difference’ at Resthaven

    Whilst Taylah Prime-Harris has always worked in hospitality, she says the meaningful connections she develops with residents as a Housekeeping Services Assistant is the reason why she loves her job. Taylah, who works at Resthaven Marion, thoroughly enjoys ‘making a difference’ with her hospitality skills. She explains, ‘Before starting with Resthaven in 2020, I worked … Continued

    The age of centenarians


    Embracing independence at home with Resthaven

    Mrs Gloria Merson, Mr Cyril Price, and Mrs Patricia Mackey are just a few Resthaven clients who have celebrated their centenarian milestones in their own homes this year. However, they are far from the only ones—and the trend is growing. In 2014, ten residents and clients celebrated their milestone birthdays—three of them in their own … Continued

    Springtime crafting at Resthaven Mitcham

    Residents of Resthaven Mitcham have been taking advantage of the springtime sun, moving their popular craft group outside. Lifestyle Coordinator, Sylvia Ortiz, says, ‘The weather has been gorgeous, so we decided to run our mosaic workshop on the balcony.’ ‘Residents are learning the skill of mosaic with the expertise of Resthaven volunteer, Karen.’ ‘Karen was thrilled … Continued

    Men on the Move take on Mount Lofty Summit

    Resthaven Marion Community Services social group for older men, ‘Men on the Move’, were on top of the world during their recent outing to Mount Lofty Summit in stunning Crafers. Coordinator, Monika Lyckholm says, ‘The group really enjoyed the scenic drive to Crafers, having great discussion along the way.’ Clients commented: ‘I feel like I’m … Continued

    Out and about in Westbourne Park

    On 28 September, Resthaven Westbourne Park formed a small group to check out the Craft Display Day at their local Uniting Church. Lifestyle Coordinator, Rachael Ross says, ‘Westbourne Park Uniting Church is located across the road, and one day, I noticed a banner advertising their display.’ ‘A few residents were interested to take a look, … Continued

    ‘Health Moves’ exercise group keeps Judy going

    Mrs Judy Robinson loves the Resthaven Marion Community Services Health Moves group, but is the first to admit that, when she first started two years ago, she was ‘very wary!’ ‘I needed exercise – I needed to do something,’ she explains. ‘I was coming [to Resthaven Marion Community Services] for podiatry and Tai Chi, but … Continued

    Retirement living: The ‘best thing we ever did’

    Resthaven Marion Retirement Living residents, Mrs Beverley (Bev) and Mr Lawrie Warschauer, say that moving into retirement living was ‘the best thing we ever did.’ Bev explains, ‘Nearly four years ago, we were living in our house down at Moana, but it was so far away from everything. This is far more convenient.’ ‘Here, we’re … Continued

    Behind the eyes of a carer of someone living with dementia

    Resthaven Manager Service Development, Tam Henwood, is passionate about the Staying at Home in Regional South Australia Program. As the primary carer of her mother, who lives with dementia, Tam’s involvement with the initiative is not exclusive to the office, having participated in a retreat earlier this year. Tam explains, ‘The Staying at Home Program … Continued

    Just call me ‘Bob’

    Language is a powerful tool. It can bring us together as quickly as it can divide us. Over recent decades, we have become much more aware that using language to ‘label’ others can cause deep harm and distress. October 7 was Ageism Awareness Day, and it made me think about how the labelling of generations … Continued

    A lifetime with Resthaven

    Mrs Lilian ‘Rosalie’ Trenerry (93) made the move to Resthaven Mitcham in February 2023, although, her history with the organisation stretches back a lifetime. ‘I have been with the Methodist Church my whole life! I grew up in Crystal Brook, and my father was a farmer and a preacher at our local church. My mother … Continued